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10 Highest Scored Movies On Letterboxd

Letterboxd is a community made up mostly of film geeks and cinephiles from all over the globe. The site ranks movies with 5 stars, with each half-star making it a 10 point scale system. The average on Letterboxd is a more “pure” form of rating because the scale finds the average score without compromising the score of a user or rounding it.

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Needless to say, the general consensus is that the highest-rated movies on the site are brilliant. From animated films like Spirited Away to K-dramas like Parasite, film buffs are bound to find something they’d enjoy among what thousands of fans consider to be the best of the best in cinema history.

Updated on January 13th, 2022, by Hannah Saab: As Letterboxd continues to grow in popularity among viewers, more fans have actively participated in rating the films on the platform. While the highest-scored movies on Letterboxd haven’t drastically changed over the last year, there have been slight shifts in where exactly they place among the top-rated films and in the number of fans scoring each one.

10 Spirited Away (2001) – Rating 4.5, 27k Fans

• Available on HBO Max

There are generally two avenues that members of Generation Z were introduced to the world of Studio Ghibli films through: The cutesy and harmless romp, My Neighbor Totoro, or the surreal and quasi-terrifying Spirited Away, which likely haunted them for life. Hayao Miyazaki’s fantasy film of a young girl working in a spirit bathhouse full of Shinto folklore took the world by storm. In fact, it won “Best Animated Feature” at the Oscars.

Even 20 years after Spirited Away‘s release, it’s still considered a timeless masterpiece. It’s a modern Alice In Wonderland, with breathtaking animation, clever thought put into every line and design, and is memorable for casual fans and hardcore Ghibli fanatics alike.

9 A Dog’s Will (2000) – Rating 4.5, 1.2k Fans

Clearly, Letterboxd has a large pull of audiences from both Asia and South America, which is part of why the site works so well. Rather than a focus on just American films, the site allows other movies to get in the spotlight. A Dog’s Will is a Brazilian comedy film dealing with two poor con artists making their way through life through their schemes.

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When one of them dies, he has to prove his worth to The Virgin Mary, The Devil, and Jesus, all while vouching for his still-living buddy. It’s a very hard film to find online, but the treasure waiting for the hunter is well worth it.


8 12 Angry Men (1957) – Rating 4.5, 11k Fans

12 Angry Men Cast

• Available on Prime Video

Along with To Kill A Mockingbird, 12 Angry Men is one of the finest courtroom dramas to emerge from the United States. The story, based on the teleplay of the same name, concerns 12 jurors who must decide if an 18-year-old Hispanic boy is guilty of stabbing his own father. They also must reach a verdict unanimously. The roster of jurors is made up of men from varying backgrounds and drastically different personalities, but Juror 8, being the only juror to vote “innocent” in the preliminary vote, decides to push the case for innocence against the other 11 jurors.

It’s a 90-minute showcase of a group of diverse individuals yelling at each other and debating evidence, morality, and prejudice, and it’s perfection, displaying the difference just one person can make in the world.

7  Seven Samurai (1954) – Rating 4.5, 5.2k Fans

• Available on HBO Max

Just as any first-year film student will tell any person forced to endure their ranting and raving, Akira Kurosawa was one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time, the very giant that many US filmmakers stood on the shoulders of. Seven Samurai‘s plot is simple: in feudal Japan, a village of farmers, threatened by bandits, reaches out to seven rōnin to defend their village. The seven samurai, all with distinguishing character traits and backstories, agree to help and train the village to be able to defend themselves.

The film’s creative and technical innovations really have left a massive impact on cinema and Seven Samurai is considered a classic today. Just as an example, a few forms of media that took the plot of the film are The Magnificent Seven, The Mandalorian, and yes, even A Bug’s Life.

6 The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer (1961) – Rating 4.5, 184 Fans

Two soldiers hiding in the grass in The Human Condition III: A Soldier’s Prayer.

• Available on The Criterion Channel

A Soldier’s Prayer is the last of a Japanese epic war trilogy directed by Masaki Kobayashi. It wraps up the story of its protagonist, Kaji, who struggles through the momentous events of World War II in the country. As a socialist and a pacifist, Kaji has a difficult time sticking to his principles when he’s forced to participate in the war effort.

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It’s a hard-hitting film that deals with themes like freedom, morality, and guilt. It’s undoubtedly one of the more underrated movies in the genre, which is underscored by the fact that it has less than 200 fans on Letterboxd, despite having a near-perfect rating.

5 The Godfather: Part II (1974) – Rating: 4.5, 9k Fans

• Available to rent on Apple TV

The Godfather Part II is generally regarded as one of the best award-winning sequels ever made, and for good reason. Some would argue it’s not just on par with the original, but that it’s superior. The film works as a sequel to the story of Michael Corleone, the new Don of his crime family. But it also serves as a prequel to the story of Michael’s father, Vito, and his journey to the United States and initiation into the mafia.

The Godfather Part II has it all: breathtaking performances, seeping themes of the corruption of power and wealth, a gripping story, and one of cinema’s best kisses.

4 The Godfather (1972) – Rating: 4.5, 24k Fans

• Available to rent on Apple TV

Separating The Godfather movies is pretty challenging. They almost seem to be two perfectly attached twins, and it’s hard to talk about one without diving into the other. Elephant in the room: no one cares about The Godfather Part III, and it’s pretty easy to orphan that film off from the first two perfect films.

The Godfather was a revolutionary movie upon its release. Based on the Mario Puzo novel of the same name, the film’s intelligent and respectful approach to the complex and gritty underworld of the United States was a large detraction from previous crime films. It was genuine, with the glorification or decrying of the mafia being subjective to the audience. However, the high-quality of filmmaking is not subjective.

3 Harakiri (1962) – Rating: 4.6, 2.2k Fans

• Available on The Criterion Channel

Yet another Japanese masterpiece finds its way onto the list, and another samurai one, nonetheless. From Masaki Kobayashi, this is another samurai film in feudal Japan, but in this case, a rōnin arrives at an estate and asks permission to commit seppuku in the courtyard.

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Having been hustled before, the master of the estate rebuffs the request in Harakiri. Long and very complicated story short, things get personal, and swords are drawn. The story is a tale of honor, glory, and revenge – great recurring themes in fantastic samurai films.

2 Come And See (1985) – Rating: 4.6, 5.2k Fans

• Available on The Criterion Channel

Come And See is an intense film that’s not for everyone, but those who manage to make it to its gripping end won’t ever forget its powerful story. The highly-rated war film is a surreal and nightmarish portrayal of a peasant boy in Belarus (at the time, part of the Soviet Union) enduring the invasion of the Nazis, who proceed to burn down his village and kill his family and friends.

It’s a haunting portrayal based on the real war crimes undertaken by the Nazi regime, in particular, the Dirlewanger Brigade – a Nazi German unit made up of violent criminals with a reputation for atrocities against civilians. Everyone should go and see Come and See, but it’s a brutal movie, and not at all recommended for the faint of heart.

1 Parasite (2019) – Rating: 4.6, 39k Fans

• Available on Hulu

Parasite is an iconic film that rightly became an international sensation, thrusting director Bong Joon-ho into the spotlight. It finally became the first non-English film to win the Oscar for “Best Picture,” and swept several other awards as well. The buzz and praise around the film were well-earned, and the film’s plot was shrouded in mystery.

The film’s approach to class structure and inequality was something that spoke to audiences outside of South Korea, and the brilliant writing and performances from everyone involved made it one of the best films of the 2010s. Interestingly, HBO announced a “legacy” spinoff series, with Bong Joon-ho as an executive producer, that will take place during the film’s events.

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